2017 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – July 31
French remains top driver in Stock Honda standings with Musgrave and Pickett the lead contenders
The numbers at the top of the eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA are not as we have seen over the last few months. Part of that reason is the rescheduling of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals. The event was typically held in the month of July, and moved to August for 2017. This has shaken up the standings as we close out the month, with the removal of the results from the 2016 SKUSA SummerNationals. This puts more of an emphasis on regional events for the top drivers in the nation to fill out the seven events to use for the EKN Driver Rankings.
For Jake French, his 12-month performances keep him in the #1 slot as we enter the SKUSA SummerNationals next week. The Dallas Karting Complex / Sodi Kart driver saw his total drop down nearly 200 points with the loss of last year’s SummerNats results, however, it increased his lead to 57 points. Now sitting second is former SummerNationals winner Billy Musgrave (MRC / Aluminos). The three-time California ProKart Challenge champion lost fewer points than French, and jumped up to second with AJ Myers losing both his SummerNationals victories last year from his total, dropping down to 30th in the order. Myers (TB Kart USA) now only has the five SKUSA Pro Tour events counting in his total, and is scheduled to race in the X30 Senior category at the SummerNationals, electing to not defend his double victory from a year ago in the S1 Pro division.
Jumping up to third is SKUSA WinterNationals winner Hunter Pickett (Aluminos). The S1 rookie has not been as consistent as he would like, however, the victory at NOLA and podium at the SpringNationals has helped to elevate him onto the EKN Driver Rankings podium for July. Still holding in fourth is Austin Wilkins (DKC / Sodi Kart), the 2016 S2 Pro Tour champion. Wilkins continues to improve and is on the verge of gaining the first S1 podium finish. Up to fifth is current S2 Pro Tour championship leader Riley Dickinson, putting three drivers from the DKC / Sodi Kart stable inside the top-five. Dickinson has two victories on the year, and leads the title chase heading into New Castle next weekend.
Winning helps move you up the standings, and the victory at the California ProKart Challenge has promoted Matias Podboj into the top-10. Podboj (Mad Croc) advanced up to sixth with his victory at the Santa Maria event after placing just outside the top-10 last month. Hunter Kelly (Italcorse) is up two positions to the seventh spot, placing on the podium at the fourth round of the California PKC. Remaining in the eight position is SKUSA Pro Tour S2 winner Kyle Wick. The Rolison Performance Group / S2 driver continues to improve his race craft, suffering some bad mechanical luck at the recent California PKC events. Wick trails Dickinson in the S2 title chase entering the SummerNationals.
Back into the top-10 is veteran Ron White. From the late 90s to today, White (RWR / CRG) is still among the most talented drivers to pilot a six-speed shifterkart. Adding a seventh event to his total helped to push the NorCal native back into the EKN Driver Rankings mix. Rounding out the top-10 is the third S2 driver – Jason Pettit. The Aluminos driver is among those competing for the S2 title at the California ProKart Challenge in what is among the series’ tightest championship battles. Dropping out of the top-10 includes Myers along with Sabre Cook (Energy USA), Kolton Griffin (Pure / Tony Kart) and Skyler Finley (DKC / Sodi Kart).
Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule
8/12,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #6,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
8/12,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
8/12,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
8/13,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
8/13,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
8/19,Gearup Challenge F-Series #5,Stock Honda,F1 Boston,”East Bridgewater, MA”,8
8/19,Los Angeles Karting Championship #7,S1/S2,CalSpeed Karting Center,”Fontana, CA”,8
8/19,Northwest Gold Cup #9,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
8/19,Utah State Championships #8,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
8/20,Colorado Sprint Championship #3,Senior Shifter,Grand Junction Motor Speedway,”Grand Junction, CO”,8
8/20,Northwest Gold Cup #10,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
Stock Moto #1 – Jake French
Jake French survived the disorder of the SummerNationals 2016 removal, remaining in the #1 slot. Podium finishes have not eluded the Texan racing out of the Dallas Karting Complex / Sodi Kart operation. Clear focus and determination has been the mindset for French in his bid to end the 2017 as the top shifterkart driver in North America. French is scheduled to take his talents over to France, joining the Sodi Kart factory team to take part in the 24 Heures Karting at the Le Mans International Karting circuit alongside the famed French road race course at the end of September. But first, the task at hand with the SummerNationals and the Pro Tour title chase.
Califorina ProKart Challenge ’16 #6 – S1,9,4,949
US Open 2016 #3,8.5,1,913
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,3,1142
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1063
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.27
Average Points: 1042.4
Total Points: 7297
Stock Moto #2 – Billy Musgrave
The top challenger in the SKUSA Pro Tour and EKN Driver Rankings is California driver Billy Musgrave. The MRC / Aluminos driver has put himself in contention for both honors along with earning the California ProKart Challenge title in the same season. Musgrave got off to a up and down start to the 2017 Pro Tour, however, he is the most recent winner with his victory at Sonoma. Musgrave is 3 for 4 at the California ProKart Challenge program and heads to the site of his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory in 2015 – New Castle Motorsports Park.
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,7,1095
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,9,997
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,5,1041
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1084
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #3 – S1,8.5,1,965
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #4 – S1,8.5,2,965
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.86
Average Points: 1031.4
Total Points: 7220
Stock Moto #3 – Hunter Pickett
San Ramon, California
The top rookie in the S1 division for 2017 thus far has been Hunter Pickett. The Aluminos driver put in a memorable performance in what is considered to be the best S1 feature race in SKUSA Pro Tour history back in March at NOLA Motorsports Park to claim his first S1 triumph. Pickett tried for a second victory at his home track in Sonoma, coming up short with his second career S1 podium in four races. Pickett could be a podium contender next week, returning to New Castle where he recorded his first S2 victory just over a year ago.
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S2,10,5,1092
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,10,987
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1063
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #1 – S1,8.5,2,952
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #3 – S1,8.5,2,955
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #4 – S1,8.5,4,946
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.86
Average Points: 1011.3
Total Points: 7079
EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in TaG and six in Stock Moto to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.
Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2016, the SKUSA Pro Tour and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. A base ranking of nine (9) goes to the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Challenge of the Americas, Rock Island Grand Prix and California ProKart Challenge. Other national and regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.
The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.
Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race. Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races in TaG, six for Stock Moto, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.
EKN Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – as of July 31, 2017
13.,14,1,Rory van der Steur,11,6557
17.,23,6,Robert Heck Jr.,15,6295
35.,36,1,Ryan P. Lewis,6,4928
37.,59,22,Antonio de Lis,6,4881
91.,95,4,Pablo Daniel Cortez,3,2483
120.,124,4,Julian Van der Steur,2,1699
156.,158,2,Fernando Casillas Jr.,1,979
163.,165,2,Joshua de Losier,1,913
186.,135,-51,Eric Van Der Steur,1,826
199.,197,-2,Hadrien le Flanchec,1,802
208.,208,NC,Luis Pablo Garcia,1,785
219.,221,2,Genaro Castillo Barba,1,739
225.,227,2,Joe di Vito,1,715